Law & Order's Stabler has 'never' been asked to return

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Law & Order: SVU fans may want to look away, as Christopher Meloni has revealed he hasn't yet been asked to return to the NBC series.

And no, that is not OK.

Meloni played NYPD detective Elliot Stabler in the series for 12 years up until 2011 and, during a recent interview, he revealed he hasn't been asked to reprise his role as the OG badass detective even once.

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"It's never been brought up to me," he told ET. "That's the kind of question that's kind of out of my hands."

Last year, Meloni sparked hopes of a Stabler and Benson reunion when his former co-star Mariska Hargitay shared a picture of the pair back together, and Meloni later revealed he would be "happy" to return to the series.

And while that's one particular reunion that never came to fruition, in better news, it would seem Meloni is still 'open' to the idea of a comeback.

Be still our beating hearts.

"I have always said I would be open to it," he added. "Circumstances have to be right, that's all."

But even as he offered a simple "we'll see" to whether or not he returns in the SVU finale, Meloni is a lot more forthright in his praise of the show's fans.

"It is lovely [to still see the fan support]," he said.

"I always kind of felt it and knew it. I knew how important it was to people, how much it meant to people. 12 years with your partner in crime, it is a long time."

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs on NBC in the US.

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